Victorian Afternoon at Ardgillan Castle


Historical Costume Event

Ardgillan Castle held a Victorian Style Afternoon on Saturday 9th July in the castle.

The event included a costume workshop, where participants learned about the change in fashion from the 1800’s up until the time of the rising in Ireland. They were also invited to try on period costumes and experience what is was like to dress like women at the time. Laura Thorp a professional costumer delivered this fascinating talk, all while dressed in early bustle outfit dating from the 1870s. Laura enthralled the group with tales of how ladies fashion had dramatically changed over time, from the simple regency dress right up to the bustle, which may well be the inspiration for the large derriere look so often modeled on social media these days.


The workshop was followed by afternoon tea in the exquisite drawing room at Ardgillan Castle. This beautiful room harks back to a time when Ardgillan was a social hub, with the Taylor’s entertaining in the very same room in the Victorian Era. To round off an enjoyable day participants were brought on a guided tour of the castle where they were enthralled with stories of life in a ‘Big House’.

This event was one of the many engaging events in Ardgillan’s 2016 event calendar. Coming up over the next few months are a Storytelling Afternoon and Living History Day for Heritage Week.


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